Style + Design
Scoring a fresh bag today doesn’t have to involve a semi-late-afternoon drum circle on Hippie Hill. Instead, we’re lit up over the cute-as-can-be pebble print Kaori bag, new out this month from Flowie.
Redwood City-based designer Yaling Hou landed upon the cotton twill bag’s shape after seeing a photograph of her niece, who lives in Japan, wearing a traditional kimono with an obi belt.
“I named it after her. She’s a really girlie girl. It’s inspired by the kimono she wore and also her personality,” Hou says.
To go with the gorgeous weekend ahead, a fresh bunch of sunny sales are sprouting around the Bay:
Sample Angel: You might think someone up above is looking out for the state of your spring style when you hear everything at this Presidio Heights shop is $50 or less this weekend. Hours are Friday, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
To kick off our new weekly look feature, we decided to scour local boutiques (with online shops of course!) and piece together the perfect outfit for a weekend in the park. It’s easy, playful and ideal for soaking in the sun. Without further ado, this week’s picks:
1. Harputs Own T-Shirt Dress in Gold Silk, $200: This effortlessly cool frock screams spring wardrobe staple with its clean silhouette and high hemline.
2. Tatty Devine Dinosaur Necklace from Eden & Eden, $195: Pair this quirky necklace with a simple getup for some tongue-in-cheek chic.
Iconic charms often strike us as a little too charming for their own good. So you can imagine our surprise when we stopped by Tiffany & Co. earlier this month to view the new Tiffany Keys Collection and (gasp!) actually got a sparkle in our eye to rival the diamonds dotting the silver, gold and platinum beauties all around us.
Whether or not you’re in the market for a $25,000 pair of diamond-encrusted gold sunglasses, who doesn’t want to see such a thing – especially if there are only five pairs on the planet (Princess Caroline of Monaco owns a pair) and one debuts in San Francisco tomorrow night?
Love the idea of eco-friendly, recycled, repurposed and vintage fashion, design and art harmoniously mingling in the same gallery space? We sure do. Not surprisingly, we were immediately smitten when we popped by the Eco-Forward Spring Show now on view at Secession Art and Design through the end of May.
Stop in to Sui Generis this Saturday to rub elbows with one of New York's up-and-coming designers, Sergios Davila. Recently awarded the FGI Rising Star 2009 Men's Apparel Award, Davila will be showcasing his Spring/Summer 1920s country club-inspired line. Get Gatsby this spring.
We’ve never been the kind to put all our eggs in one basket – even when the Easter Bunny is involved. This weekend, we’re ready to hop from sale to sale.
Filippa K: Buy two items from the spring collection and get a third item of equal or lesser value free at this coveted Swedish label’s Financial District outpost. Good Thursday through Sunday, April 9-12, 2009.
Bryna Nicole: Save 30 percent on handbags from this San Francisco designer through April 30 with the discount code BUNNY30.
Lest you think couture gowns like the Verrieres & Sako Princess Fati Farmanfarmaian donned for the Mid-Winter Gala held late last month magically create themselves, we’ll have you know that the Ruckled Gown by the Oakland-based design duo required nearly three weeks of toiling 10 hours a days to make – and that’s with an existing pattern (yeah, and we thought we worked hard).
“There’s over 3,000 hand stitches on it and 20 yards of silk taffeta,” Stephanie Verrieres told us when we caught up with her at her East Bay studio yesterday.
Name: Cory Tallman
Occupation: Paul Smith salesguy
Spotted: Paul Smith boutique, 11:42 a.m.
Wearing: all Paul Smith, except the radish pen which is from a street market in Kyoto
How would you define your style? "Simple and easy. Style's about balancing how you see yourself and how you want other people to see you. Everyone has some style hidden away somewhere, even if they hide it away in their fanny pack."